OKLAHOMA CITY -- No, you aren't groggy. No, you didn't accidentally hit a slo-mo button.
The Warriors are indeed slower this season. Known for its frenetic pace and up-tempo emphasis, Golden State has slowed down the game this year. New personnel and new philosophy have taken a bit of the zest out of the Warriors.
The question is whether it is gone for good.
"It's still a transition period for us," coach Keith Smart said. "The way that we've played in the past, being able to get out on the break, have fun and play fast, this team is not that (kind of) team right now. So we've got to utilize what we have now and develop them to eventually start being a running team."
A couple of statistics, collectively, indicate the Warriors' transition game isn't quite as effective as in years past. The obvious one is points per game. Entering Saturday, Golden State ranks No. 8 with an average of 101.4 through its first 19 games.
The Warriors have finished in the top two in scoring each of the past four seasons. If their current scoring average holds up, it will be their lowest since they averaged 98.5 points per game in 2005-06 under then-coach Mike Montgomery.
Another telling statistic is fast-break points. The Warriors have been outscored in this category nine times this season -- four times at Oracle Arena, where they usually dictate a frenzied pace. The Warriors are averaging 18.9 fast-break points per game. Their opponents
Last year, the Warriors averaged 23.7 fast-break points per game, 5.5 more than their opponents.
Statistics aside, the Warriors don't seem to have the up-tempo feel of the past. The run-and-chuck offense has seemed to give way to walking the ball up the court and a set offense.
So why aren't the Warriors' playing faster? Smart said the main reason is the makeup of the team, primarily with David Lee.
Lee, whom the Warriors' acquired from the New York Knicks over the summer, isn't as fast as Golden State's previous power forwards.
Corey Maggette, Al Harrington and Anthony Randolph -- Warriors starting power forwards in recent years -- had the skill set and body type more suitable to playing small forward.
"When we had four small forwards and guards on the floor, everybody ran then," said Smart, whose squad does lead the league in points off turnovers (20.3). "We're dealing with two, technically, (centers). David Lee is still developing at playing a (power forward) position, and he's been gone for a while (because of injury). So he has to get back into game shape. So, for right now, we still have a traditional team that's trying to develop into a team that can play a little faster."
Small forward Dorell Wright is a factor, too. His game is slower, and though he's shown some ability to create in space, he spent his first six seasons in a half-court setting with the Miami Heat.
In the past, Golden State has had small forwards such as Stephen Jackson and Kelenna Azubuike who thrived in the open court. And guard Monta Ellis spent a lot of time at "small forward" in former coach Don Nelson's three-guard lineup.
All three were players who could get the ball on the wing in transition and convert. Jackson and Anthony Morrow, another former Warrior, were known for pulling up from 3-point range on the break.
The Warriors don't have such a player now.
Another reason for the team's slower pace, point guard Stephen Curry said, is because of its emphasis on rebounding. In previous years, the guards would help center Andris Biedrins on the boards. When they rebounded the ball, they could start the break immediately.
But the Warriors now rely on the big men to rebound. The starting front line of Biedrins, Lee and Wright has grabbed 49.9 percent of the team's boards.
"We can't leak out because we've got to get that rebound," Smart said. "We've got to get that rebound. What good is it to leak out and you're down there by yourself with a hand up waiting for the ball?"
Warriors at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m., CSNBA